Result: Tomas Berdych holds off David Ferrer for last-four spot at Australian Open

Tomas Berdych reaches the last four of the Australian Open for the first time by dominating David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.

Tomas Berdych has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time by holding off a David Ferrer comeback.

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych celebrates after victory in his men's singles match against Spain's David Ferrer on day nine at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2014© Getty Images

The Czech dominated early on in the match and then withstood a comeback attempt by the third seed to earn a 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 win.

The world number seven, who wrapped up the victory over Ferrer in three hours and four minutes, will play the winner of Tuesday's late quarter-final between three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Berdych clinched the match on his second match point when Ferrer's return of serve went wide. The 2010 Wimbledon finalist has now reached the last four of every major tournament, breaking a sequence of three consecutive quarter-final defeats at Melbourne Park.

Berdych has now won three of his last five matches against Ferrer, a long-time top-five contender.

Tomas Berdych celebrates after his win over Kevin Anderson in their Australian Open fourth round match on January 19, 2014
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